1 x Independent Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Member, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Body: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Appointing Department: Department for Communities & Local Government
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: MHCLG, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £5,000 per annum.
Time Requirements: Approximately 10 days per annum.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    05/03/2020

  • Closed for Applications

    02/04/2020

  • Panel Sift

    9 April 2020 TBC

  • Final Interview Date

    24 April 2020 TBC

  • Announcement

    May 2020 TBC

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

About the Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) is a sub-committee of the MHCLG Ministerial Board. It reviews assurances on governance, risk, internal control and integrity of accounting and reporting procedures. It is responsible for assessing and assuring the department’s overall risk management framework and for ensuring financial propriety. The Committee gives independent advice to the Accounting Officer on the adequacy of audit arrangements (internal and external) and on the assurances received on the existence and effectiveness of systems for accountability and control in the organisation.

The ARAC is also responsible for maintaining oversight of the arrangements put in place for risk, control and governance of the non-departmental public bodies and other arm’s length bodies of MHCLG, particularly those which contribute to the Department’s consolidated Group accounts.

The ARAC meets five times per year and members participate in annual Governance Assurance Panels to review in depth the adequacy of governance in the department.

About The Role

To support our work, MHCLG is seeking to appoint an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC). The ideal candidate should have significant experience in financial risk and performance management, accountancy expertise, and, ideally, a background in the finance sector.

The role of Independent ARAC Members is to:

  • Understand the Department’s strategic aims and objectives and support the MHCLG Ministerial Board to successfully deliver these objectives.
  • Contribute impartial advice on the adequacy of assurances given on financial and risk management, internal controls, internal and external audit arrangements and on any implications for corporate governance.
  • Constructively challenge the assurances provided to the MHCLG Ministerial Board and draw on ways in which those assurances could be developed from their own professional background.
  • Attend approximately 10 days per year, including 5 ARAC meetings, Governance Assurance Panels, ad hoc meetings, and reading the papers in preparation for those meetings.
  • Act in accordance with the Seven Principles of Public Life

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Board-level experience of sound financial risk and performance management – approving and scrutinising the allocation of resources to achieve plans using clear, consistent and comparable performance information;
  • A good understanding of the role of audit and other controls in the government sphere;
  • A broad understanding of the sectors in which the department operates and its key partners – the individual may have acquired this knowledge at a senior level in either the public, private or voluntary sectors;
  • An enthusiasm for, and a desire to support, the successful delivery of the MHCLG core agenda (housing, local and regional economic growth, building safety and local government);
  • An engaging and collaborative working style with the ability to adapt to a range of partners; and
  • A professional accountancy qualification such as CIPFA, CIMA, ICAEW, ACCA or ICAS.

Desirable Criteria:

  • A financial services / banking background.

 

Additional Information

How to Apply

To apply for this role please supply the following materials by 11.00pm on Thursday 2 April 2020.

Part 1: Curriculum Vitae – max. 2 pages.
Part 2: Covering Letter – Explaining how you meet the Selection Criteria – max. 3 pages.
Part 3: Online Monitoring Forms – Diversity Monitoring Questions, Guaranteed Interview Scheme, Conflict of Interest, Other Relevant Information (see below).

We cannot accept information and forms submitted with previous applications because your circumstances may have changed. Please email your CV and Covering Letter to the MHCLG Public Appointments Team at: publicappointments@communities.gov.uk by 11.00pm on Thursday 2 April.  Please include the reference “Independent MHCLG ARAC Member” in the subject of your email. Your application will be acknowledged by the Public Appointments Team. You are also required to complete the Online Monitoring and Supporting Information forms – links to these forms are provided below. We are unable to accept any applications/ online forms submitted after the closing date

Online forms to be completed and submitted with your application as requested in Part 3 above:
Supporting Information for the Assessment Panel
Further Information and Diversity Monitoring Form

Guidance that will assist with the completion of the Conflicts of Interest declaration is attached below.

Attachments
Guidance on Conflicts of Interest and Conduct - MHCLG Board
Privacy-Notice
Independent MHCLG ARAC Member Candidate Pack - extended 2 April

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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